Doug Finlayson Director

Doug has been the Head of Directing at Webster University since 1998. In 2012 he directed Jeeves Intervenes for Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Lost in Yonkers for New Jewish Theatre and Gnome for Christmas for The Imaginary Theatre Company. He was nominated for the 2011 Kevin Kline Award for Best Director of a Play for his production of Equus at HotCity where he also directed True West. He won the 2008 Kevin Kline Award for Best Director of a Play for Kindertransport which he directed at the New Jewish Theatre. Other work for NJT includes Way to Heaven, The Last Seder, Via Dolorosa, Lebensraum and Miklat. In 2011 he directed Romeo and Juliet at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival where he has also directed Hamlet, Pericles and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Other directing projects include Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth (with Jef Awada) at St. Louis Shakespeare, Leaving Iowa and How the Other Half Loves at Northern Fort Theatre in Aberdeen, SD, Aca Y Alla and Tales of the Lost Formicans (with Jane Lynch) at the Evidence Room in Los Angeles, Resident Alien, The Philadelphia Story and Inspecting Carol at the Black Hills Playhouse, Art at the Ozark Actor's Theatre, and Death of a Salesman at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. Doug started his career in Chicago where his credits include The Ice-Fishing Play and Between East and West for the Next Theatre Company, Pastel Refugees and The Butter and Egg Man at Northlight Theatre, and Execution of Justice and John Logan’s Nebraska at Bailiwick Repertory. From 1983-88, he served as Associate Artistic Director to Robert Falls and Richard E.T. White at Wisdom Bridge Theatre in Chicago, where he directed Painting Churches, The Immigrant, 'Night Mother, Hunting Cockroaches and Circe & Bravo.


Doug Finlayson
Head of Directing

Adviser, Theatre Minor

Directing Program

Theatre Minor

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Webster University

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Directing for Designers

Screen Acting

Kevin Kline Awards

Best Director of a Play


    Equus (nomination)